Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The Happiest of New Years to you and yours. 2009 will be a wonderful year!
Ok, I've borrowed the following from Killer Fiction's blog.
Commitment is what
transforms a promise into reality
It is the words that speak boldly
of your intentions
And the actions which speak
louder than words
It is making the time
when there is none.
Coming through time after time
Year after year after year
Commitment is the stuff
character is made of,
The power to change
the face of things.
It is the daily triumph
of integrity over skepticism.
What a great saying! I hope your New Year commitments truly define your dreams.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Here We Come A Wassailing
Christmas is mentioned in all of Jane Austen's novels and even in some of her short stories. The Christmas season in Georgian England was a time of balls, parties and visiting and celebration. The Kinghtleys visit the Woodhouses, the Gardiners visit the Bennets, Lady Russell visits the Musgroves, John Moreland visits the Thorpes (with sad results), William Price visits his sister at Mansfield Park, the Westons hold a party, and John Willoughby distinguished himself when he, "danced from eight o'clock till four without once sitting down." These incidents and more are covered in Jane Austen's Christmas: The Festive Season in Georgian England by Maria Hubert.
All this company, visiting and merrymaking requires a lot of food. One popular holiday drink was Wassail. Wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon toast "Waes Hael" or "Be Whole". The first "Christmas Carols" were Yuletide drinking songs and singers caroled their neighbourhoods carrying their wassail bowls with them.
1 gallon apple cider
1 large can pineapple juice (unsweetened)
3/4 cup tea (can use herb tea)
Place in a cheesecloth sack:
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1 Tablespoon whole allspice
2 sticks cinnamon
This is great cooked in a crock pot. Let it simmer very slowly for 4 to 6 hours. You can add water if it evaporates too much. Your home will smell wonderful! Serve warm, garnish with orange slices.
May you have a peaceful, blessed, and romantic
Christmas Eve. May the lights on your tree sparkle, the eggnog flow, and the presents find themselves wrapped before midnight.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup real butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
* cream all these together
3/4 cup of powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chill for 2 hours or more. Form into a ball and then roll in chopped walnuts or pecans. Serve with graham crackers; I serve with cute Teddy Grahams.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Happy December to all of you!! I'll share a few of our favorite recipes this month, even though I'm not very fond of cooking, because making food as gifts is fun. And this recipe qualifies as a gift, whether it's given away or enjoyed by the maker on a cold December night. :)
1 pound cranberries
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, split
1 bottle tonic
Lime slices, for garnish
Place cranberries, sugar and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Place pan over medium heat and stir. Simmer cranberry mixture until the berries burst, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Divide mixture in half and pour into large, clean mason jars. Pour vodka into the jars to cover the berries. Set aside and allow to sit for 1 week. After 1 week, strain out the cranberries and store cranberry vodka in a clean jar in the refrigerator.
Any favorite Christmas drinks you'd care to share?